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100 Left Hand Patterns Every Piano Player Should Know (Play the Same Song 100 Different Ways) by Music Mentor Jerald Simon, is one of the books from the Music Motivation
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by Music Motivation
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Rebecca
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An invaluable collection, presented clearly and organized well. This book is perfect for anyone who is ready to expand their piano-playing into the realm of improvisation, composing, or arranging. All of the patterns are written in the key of C, but there is a section that deals with transposing and what the common chords in each key are so you can play along with your favorite instrumentalist in a key that’s comfortable for them, or transpose for your vocalist’s range. Most patterns are simple ...more
Priyantha Fernando
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a piano teacher, I must say this is a welcome addition to my teaching library. As a classically trained teacher, with mostly pop-oriented students, I'm always looking for ways to spice up lessons and keep my students engaged. While I'm a medieval warrior when it comes to music theory, but communicating theory concepts in simple terms can often be challenging.

This is where "100 Left Hand Patterns Every Piano Player Should Know" comes in. The book commences with an incredibly inspirational intr
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Rachel Wilke
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would highly recommend this book for all pianists, students and teachers. It will be an invaluable resource in every teachers library and I will use it with all my students as soon as they begin learning about chords and the Circle of Fifths. It has multiple styles of music and left hand patterns represented ranging from basic patterns, to jazz, rock, new age, classical and hymns. There is a very good selection of pieces in different styles to use the patterns with. It is well organized so you ...more
Therese Bertrand
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In recent years, I have had more students who have been interested in playing music from lead sheets. I feel that I have found a gold mine in Jerald Simon’s “100 Left Hand Patterns Every Piano Player Should Know!” This book is the most comprehensive book that I have seen when it comes to teaching students how to improvise. Not only does this book include 100 lead sheets of 5 different genres of music (Children’s Songs, American Folk Songs/Patriotic Songs, Christmas Music, Classical Music, and Go ...more
Jeff
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I've been looking for a resource like this for years! When I perform a well-known piece for a student, I will often add my own left hand pattern, whether that be a waltz, blocked octaves, or Alberti Bass. Lesson books do teach these, but they are spread out across multiple books. Gerald Simon's book compiles 100 of them. What I can do now is teach harmonization and lead-sheet reading using something like his "Variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb" book, have them learn those in different keys, an ...more
Jennifer
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource to use when you are learning chords and how to accompany. Lots of fun ideas and patterns that can be applied to many songs. Great for inspiration plus lots of well known songs to start putting the patterns to use with.
Lori Jessen
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a marvelous resource for those who improvise and compose. It covers loads of accompaniment patterns that you can utilize. While I have played many of these patterns in repertoire, it’s very handy to have them all listed in one place to peruse instead of just relying on memory to recall all the variations.

It’s also great for those who teach composition…I’ve had three students select patterns to use in their current compositions for contest. They love being able to hear and see the p
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Fiona Cockling
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very comprehensive guide to lead sheet accompaniment. The progression is logical from very simple patterns to quite complicated jazz arrangements; however even these are explained in a clear way. As a classically trained teacher my understanding of this area is more limited than it should be and this is a helpful resource which I am using to further my own knowledge and begin teaching this technique. The idea of not having a full score is frightening for a lot of pianists and I feel th ...more
Melanie
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Jerald's new book is seriously amazing! This is going to add such a great new element to the teaching of my piano students. Plus it is going to help me as a pianist to develop myself even further. I'm so excited to start playing around more with this book. I feel like a serious study of it would be like taking a college class or better! And the title sure is correct, these really are patterns "every piano player should know".
Marcy
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent resource; patterns included cover a wide range of ability levels, from basic to more advanced. The included Fun Fake Book (100 songs in the Key of C) is a gold mine all by itself; no more scouring the Internet to find an appropriate lead sheet for public domain songs - this book has enough material to keep a student busy for a long time.

I teach exclusively Adults and Teens; this book is a treasure trove of ideas to get them started playing popular music from lead sheets
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